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Liberal Moscow City Duma Deputy Yulia Galyamina has called on Muscovites to rally on January 19 against Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposed sweeping constitutional reforms.
A Syrian man is trekking across Russia with a horse in tow that he plans to present to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a gift. Russia has been a key ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
In his state-of-the-nation speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for changing the constitution attracted the most attention. And his comments about subordinating international law to the constitution sparked chatter about whether the Kremlin was moving toward a more isolationist approach to the outside world.
Vladimir Putin set tongues wagging during his annual state-of-the-nation address as he laid out a plan to tweak the Russian Constitution, and possibly open the door for him staying on in a preeminent political position. And then the government resigned.
Russian political observers say Vladimir Putin's proposed constitutional changes and the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev mark the beginning of a process that will likely see him transition to a new position of preeminent power in Russia after his current term ends in 2024.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a raft of constitutional changes interpreted as strengthening the role of Russia's parliament and circumscribing the powers of his eventual successor. It didn't take long to get things moving.
President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not want Russia to return to the late Soviet-era practice of having lifelong rulers who died in office without a proper succession strategy.
The Russian president has manipulated the levers of power to rule in perpetuity. That prospect is terrible for the west – and Russia
News that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s latter-day tsar, is making plans to cling to power indefinitely comes as no surprise. All the same, it is deeply worrying for Putin’s prey – principally the Russian people and the western democracies.
Putin, 67, has run Russia, as president and prime minister, for 21 years, a feat of political longevity surpassed only by Joseph Stalin. Like Stalin, he has made many enemies and caused untold misery along the way. Continue reading...
The Russian president is laying the groundwork to perpetuate his rule when his term ends in four years
Just over a year ago, Vladimir Putin was asked how Russia would look after his presidential term expires in 2024. To little surprise, he turned the query upon the questioner: “Why are you in such a hurry? I’m not going anywhere yet.”
There was no lack of warning about the intentions of Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin. A generation that has grown up knowing nothing but his rule now looks forward to its indefinite perpetuation. The resignations on Wednesday of the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and the cabinet, may have taken even some of the ministers in question by surprise, as did the sweeping constitutional reforms the president proposed. But the unexpected aspect was the timing and the nature of his move. That he planned to hold on to power after 2024 was largely taken for granted. Continue reading...
Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who Moscow is said to be supporting in Libya’s conflict, has thanked President Vladimir Putin for his efforts to end fighting in the war-ravaged country, the
Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a peace conference on Libya in Germany on Sunday, as world powers step up efforts to find a lasting ceasefire. The peace talks in Berlin will focus
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to turn the tide of the civil war in Libya, but the pushback from the Turkish electorate – and Russian President Vladimir Putin – is likely to
The little-known head of Russia's tax service is taking over after the government's shock resignation. The overhaul fueled speculation about President Vladimir Putin's plans for maintaining power after his term ends.
He's led the Russian tax authority since 2010 but Mikhail Mishustin has never been considered a high-profile politician. Until now. So who exactly is Vladimir Putin's pick to head the Russian government?
Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia’s parliament.Instead of announcing the move as a fait accompli, he said the people should vote and decide.And then he executed a swift, unexpected reshuffle of Russia’s leadership, putting a low profile official with no political aims in charge of the government.Putin announced…
Pressure from the West will draw China and Russia closer, irrespective of changes at the top in Moscow, according to diplomatic observers.The assessment came after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for sweeping constitutional changes, fuelling speculation that Putin could hold on to power after leaving the presidency in 2024.In his state-of-the-union address on Wednesday, Putin outlined proposed changes to the constitution that would strengthen the roles of the parliament and other…
When Vladimir Putin replaced his long-serving Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a low profile technocrat on Wednesday, it shocked some top officials and fuelled speculation that the Russian president was moving to extend his grip on power beyond the end of his term in 2024.Putin gave little public explanation for the dramatic and unexpected upheaval, which saw Medvedev, one of his most loyal lieutenants, ousted after nearly eight years in office. Medvedev became premier in 2012 after stepping…
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down.Most importantly, Putin suggested diminishing the powers of the presidency and beefing up those of the prime minister.The dramatic moves were widely seen as preparing the ground for 2024, when Putin, now 67, is obliged to leave the presidency after…
According to Polish media, one of the reasons is the expected address by Vladimir Putin, who has recently waged a campaign against Poland accusing it of responsibility for World War II
Masha Gessen writes about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of government reforms, his pattern of obfuscation, the resignation of his cabinet, and how this latest move seems designed to further consolidate his power.
Vladimir Putin’s plan to change the Russian Constitution allows him to keep control after his presidency. But it also broadens politics in Russia.
In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday along with his entire Cabinet in a move that surprised many in Moscow and abroad. The move came as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes to expand the power of the parliament and the State Council while weakening the presidency. Critics of Putin say the proposals could help him keep power after his final presidential term ends in 2024. The Russian parliament is expected to vote today to confirm Putin's pick for new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a bureaucrat who runs Russia's tax service. The Russian newspaper Kommersant has described the recent political shake-up as "the January revolution." We are joined by Tony Wood, author of "Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War." Wood is a member of the New Left Review editorial board. He is also the author of "Chechnya: The Case for Independence."
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will be participating in the conference on a peaceful settlement in Libya, to take place in Germany's capital, Berlin, on Sunday, the Kremlin has said.
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Russia's Vladimir Putin is the latest in a long line of authoritarian leaders whose aim apparently is to maintain their own power even while framing the moves as constitutional reform.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigns, with a little-known bureaucrat tapped to replace him, as President Vladimir Putin calls for sweeping constitutional changes.
The elevation of the little-known Mikhail V. Mishustin came a day after President Vladimir V. Putin proposed revising the Constitution in ways that could help him remain in power indefinitely.
The lawlessness and corruption that characterize Vladimir Putin’s regime are examined by three authors from many angles, and from top to bottom.
President Vladimir Putin nominated a new prime minister on Wednesday 15 January after the shock resignation of Dmitry Medvedev, who has been at the head of the government since 2012. Medvedev will be succeeded by Mikhail Mishustin, who until now was a barely known tax chief with no political clout.
Russian lawmakers will begin reviewing President Vladimir Putin's nomination of a little-known tax chief as the new prime minister Thursday after his announcement of a sweeping constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his future plans.
President Vladimir Putin proposed Wednesday to tweak the Russian Constitution to increase the powers of parliament and the Cabinet - a move that could herald his intention to shift into a new position to stay at the helm after his current term expires.
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with The New Yorker's Masha Gessen about President Vladimir Putin's moves this week to amend Russia's constitution, and the resignation of the entire Russian cabinet.